Thursday 24 April 2014

U is for UNIQUE

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Cat got your tongue?
Laughter is the best medicine.
Fit as a fiddle.
Every cloud has a silver lining.

These are examples of clichés — phrases that have been used so many times that they are no longer UNIQUE.

An author once told me there are no original ideas — most are just twists on similar concepts and stories. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make your words unique.

I’m working on getting rid of all of the clichés in my writing, and you know what? It’s forcing me to stretch my imagination, and find new, fun ways of saying things.

What are some of your favourite clichés? What are some ways you could say the same thing, but with a UNIQUE twist?

Gotta jet!

— Chase Superman Duffy


  1. I'm with you, I hate clichés, so (I hope) I don't have any in my novels. If you ever find one in something I've written, let me know, and I'll get rid of it.